Even though my brother Glenn is an MMA fighter I can’t say I’m that interested in the sport. But I follow Conor McGregor on Instagram and he posted a photo the other day where he spoke about the importance of mixing up your training patterns. I couldn’t agree more.
Being out injured for a large part of this season meant I had the chance to be creative to some degree. There’s probably a large number of injured athletes that have a hard time to see the positives during their rehab and I think they could benefit from a training program that is fun and interesting.
First of all, there are some things you just need to do when you’re injured. The exercises that research shows helps you recover from your injury. Nothing wrong with that of course.
There’s also areas that you need to work on as a team that might not always be the stuff you dreamt about as a kid. I’m thinking about the tactical exercises that might be a bit tedous at times but is nonetheless an important part of training.
What I’m talking about is the other part.
As a footballcoach or physio you have to be able to deliver stimulating sessions. Today’s players will not be satisfied with the same training sessions repeated time and time again. The majority of us expect more.
During my injury lay-off I’ve tried to mix it up because the last thing I want is to come in every morning knowing I’d do the same cardio program I did last time. Where’s the fun in that?
Here’s a sneak peek in to my training routines. I won’t go in to any details because this is not a god damn fitness blog! And I’m aware that some of the exercises might not tell you much but if you’re curious and wants to know what they are then you can always find them on youtube.
When it comes to my strength program for my legs the main exercises are squat, deadlift, hip-thrusters, nordic hamstring, leg extension, calf raises and a few more. When it comes to my upperbody I have three focus areas: shoulders, back and chest.
When I do my core or balance exercises it’s usually in the TRX or with powerbands, catslides or on the BOSU ball. An obstacle course with different type of jumps and landings and a ball getting thrown to you from different angels are maybe one of my favorites right now.
My cardio program consists of running intervals outside and on the treadmill, biking, rowing and aquajog.
I’m also a big fan of yoga.
I’ve also done some boxing previously and feel that many different sports could be used as a substitute to your normal workout routines. Why not try badminton, squash or beach volleyball instead of sitting on the bike for an hour.
So in the words of Conor McGregor: ”Never become a specialist in one area of training. A specialist is simply a rookie in every other area.”
Just because my Instagram isn’t full of training photos and videos that doesn’t mean I don’t sweat and bleed everyday. I’ll be back stronger, both physically and mentally. You just wait and see. Until then I’ll keep challenging my physiotherapists and football coaches to keep the sessions creative and fun.